Artist: Bob Ross
Title: Alaskan Northern Lights and Mountain Cabin
Medium: Original Oil on Velvet inside Gold Pan
Year: Circa 1971
Size: 16.5" x 16.5"
Frame: 20.5" x 20.5" x 4"
Inscription: Signed "Ross" on bottom front
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity
In 1980, Bob Ross began using his now iconic wet-on-wet canvas technique which he would go on to showcase on the hit TV show "The Joy of Painting". Prior to that time, he painted primarily on velvet. The velvet required a level of prevision that left little room for "Happy Accidents" and helped him hone his neo-realist technique. During the 1960s and 70s, Bob Ross would place these velvet paintings inside of gold pans, which paid homage to his home in Alaska. For the true Bob Ross enthusiast, the velvet inside gold pan paintings provide insight into his artistic evolution and are the earliest examples of his work.
The subject matter of this original painting on velvet is quintessential Bob Ross; with the snowy mountain background, rustic log cabin in the foreground, and vibrant Northern Lights. The use of dark, dense velvet adds a luxurious texture, bringing the northern lights to life against the dark background. The gold pan measures 16" x 16" and is signed "Ross" on the bottom. We guarantee the authenticity of this work and provide a gallery certificate of authenticity with purchase.
About Bob Ross
Bob Ross, an iconic figure in the late 20th century art world, captivated audiences with his soothing voice and joyful approach to painting. Best known for his popular television show, "The Joy of Painting," Ross encouraged millions to embrace the beauty of art. Before becoming a household name, Ross spent 20 years in the US Air Force, primarily stationed in Alaska. In 1981, he chose to pursue his passion for painting, leaving the military behind.
Ross's impact on popular culture is undeniable. Many television series have paid homage to him in various ways, and Google continues to honor his birthday and his artistic contributions through Google Doodles and tributes. Even after his passing over twenty years ago, his legacy continues to thrive in the digital age. In 2015, over 400 episodes of "The Joy of Painting" were made available on the official Bob Ross Youtube Channel, solidifying his status as an internet sensation.
Bob Ross was more than just an artist; he was a calming, optimistic presence who believed that anyone could paint with enough practice. His democratic approach to art made him beloved by millions. Born as Robert Norman Ross on October 29, 1942, in Daytona Beach, Florida, he sadly passed away at the age of 52 from lymphoma on July 4, 1995. His legacy as an artistic advocate and source of inspiration lives on, touching the hearts and minds of creative individuals around the world.